1,200 Olympic guards withdrawn over virus outbreak

Updated: Feb 06, 2018, 12:25 IST | AFP

More than 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of a norovirus outbreak, organisers said today

Pyeongchang Olympic volunteers pose for a photo next next to the Olympics rings ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 6, 2018. Pic/ AFP
Pyeongchang Olympic volunteers pose for a photo next next to the Olympics rings ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 6, 2018. Pic/ AFP

More than 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of a norovirus outbreak, organisers said today. Out of the group, 41 suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhoea on Sunday. They were transferred to hospital and most were diagnosed with a norovirus infection. Norovirus is highly contagious and can also be spread through food or water contamination.

"The 1,200-odd people were pulled out from their duties," an official of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee told AFP. "They were replaced by some 900 military soldiers." Health authorities were investigating the origin of the virus, he said. The security guards, all employees from a security company, had been accommodated at a youth training centre in Pyeongchang, separate from the athletes' village.

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